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04-05-2011, 08:08 PM
here's some photos:

There exists only two of these guitars. They were made by someone in the fox valley area of wisconsin. His last name is Schrader (sp?). The guy who commissioned the guitar wanted the equivalent of a high end esp. that's about all I know about the origin. I traded a computer graphics card for it back in the early 2000s. I guess I got a good deal no matter what cause the graphics card is more or less worthless at this point.

This guitar plays really well. the neck is nice and thin and there's no laquer on it. I kind of love it in a really primal 'everything you need-nothing you dont'" sort of way. however I'm starting to think it's falling into disrepair.

- baseplate of the schaller (floyd rose licensed) tremolo is stripped in one hole. would a floyd rose base plate be compatible with an older schaller?

- the headstock split in half, but I glued it back together and it has held fine ever since.

- the hole for the tone pot is so close to the edge of the routed out electronics area that I can't seem to find a narrow enough pot to give it a tone knob.

- both backs were lost, so I had to make some out of plexiglass.

- the trim has come off on the headstock (all new trim would be ideal).

- the low E string's screw for the tuner snapped off so I had to install in crooked cause I didn't want to mess around with screw extraction until I knew what I was doing exactly.

- there's a grounding issue. when I touch the volume knob the buzz goes away.

I wouldn't mind keeping it, but i'd rather sell it if it's worth anything instead of letting it get so bad I have to parts it our (which may be the case right now?)

also, I thought about giving it to a luthier student and bartering services like web design or studio time. I'm not sure how much a student would go for that idea though.

any thoughts, questions or comments are greatly appreciated!

04-05-2011, 08:12 PM
Looks pretty rough! But, if you dig it, and you've got the time/dime for it, then do eet :yesway:

Also, welcome to the forum! :wavey:

Helter Skelter
04-05-2011, 08:23 PM
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:lol: I was going to say it looked like a no-go.

04-05-2011, 08:31 PM
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It's $ worth is nil, but it might be capable of being pretty nice

04-05-2011, 08:34 PM
I think it looks awesome as hell. Bang it up even more, and then put in good pickups, good trem, and get it set up really nice :yesway:

04-05-2011, 11:14 PM

Reminds me of a Jackson

04-07-2011, 05:18 PM
oh, man, I'd love to have that to work on.

Trade ya some guitar parts for it. :lol: Maybe my wireless unit that I don't use anymore.

Professor Squidbeard
04-07-2011, 05:38 PM
it looks like you could make a great jerry cantrell style guitar out of that. If they neck is in good shape and you have the money/time, i'd probably do the work and have a sweet beater guitar with a nice story to it.

06-14-2011, 06:18 PM
oh, man, I'd love to have that to work on.

Trade ya some guitar parts for it. :lol: Maybe my wireless unit that I don't use anymore.

what kind of wireless unit is it?

06-14-2011, 08:54 PM
Definitely worth fixing up. New life for an old dog > brand new guitars anyday.